International organization calls for law to combat rising impunity in Brazil for crimes against journalists

The International Press Institute released a statement on Monday, Feb. 18, warning of rising impunity for crimes against journalists in Brazil and insisting the Congress approve a bill that would allow federal authorities to investigate attacks on press workers in the country.

Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez greeted with protests in Brazil

After winning a five-year battle for the right to travel outside Cuba, blogger Yoani Sánchez was met by protestors when she deplaned after arriving at her first international destination, Brazil. Demonstrators in the airport lounge supporting the Castro regime held signs accusing Sánchez of being under the influence of the United States, reported the website Terra.

Imprensa da Colômbia é acusada de atrapalhar libertação de reféns das Farc

Atualização: Ainda no dia 15 de fevereiro, o Comitê Internacional da Cruz Vermelha (CICR) informou que os dois policiais haviam sido libertados, segundo o El Tiempo.

El Salvador's president vetoes reforms that would weaken sunshine law

The president of El Salvador, Mauricio Funes, vetoed reforms to the Access to Public Information Law that would have weakened the institution overseeing the law's implementation, according to the website El Faro, on Friday, Feb. 15.

International mission to Mexico evaluates security, risks journalists face

Two international journalism organizations visited Mexico to evaluate the government's measures to protect journalists and the media's own safety strategies when reporting in the country's most dangerous regions, according to a statement from the International Press Institute and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-INFRA).

Brazilian agency looks to finance investigative journalism through crowdfunding

In the midst of a supposed crisis in investigative journalism and the advertising-based business model that still prevails in the press around the world, successful initiatives that combine financing alternatives for quality journalism promise a future for investigative journalism.  In Brazil, one example is A Pública (The Public), an independent, non-profit investigative journalism agency that allows its content to be freely reproduced online.  The agency was founded in March 2011 by the journalists Marina Amara

The press is the “big loser,” says reelected Rafael Correa

The reelected president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, said the “big loser” of the election was the country’s private press when asked how it would figure in to his new mandate, said the newspaper El Universo.  Correa said he would continue with the Communications Law because what the people want “is an honest and responsible press.  Never with censorship, but with ulterior responsibility.”

Criminals offer reward for information identifying a social media user who reports on violence in Mexico

A Mexican criminal organization is offering a reward for information about the administrator of a Facebook page and Twitter account, who over the last year has been reporting on violent crime in the state of Tamaulipas, one of the areas most affected by the country’s drug war, according to the magazine Proceso.

Union highlights risks journalists face in the interior of Brazilian state of São Paulo

The São Paulo State Union of Professional Journalists denounced threats journalists received and other obstacles they faced while reporting in the interior of the state at the beginning of 2013, according to a statement form the organization on Feb. 13.

Ecuadorian website claims government was behind cyber-attack

The website “Bananaleaks.com”­­ accused the Ecuadorian government via Twitter of attempting to sabotage its operations, reported Fundamedios. According to journalist Santiago Villa, spokesperson for the website, the website suffered an attack from hackers early in the morning of Jan. 28, shortly after the organization published information about two Swiss bank accounts supposedly owned by President Rafael Correa, added Fundamedios.

Colombian media blamed for hampering prisoner release by guerrillas

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC in Spanish) guerrillas postponed the Thursday, Feb. 14 release of two kidnapped police officers in the country, alleging persecution from the media, reported the newspaper El Colombiano. The ICRC delegate for southwestern Colombia, Angela Bertini, reported the news, according to the publication.

Uproar in Argentina over possible media advertising ban

News of a possible government-led advertising "boycott" against the media caused uproar in Argentina, reported the news agency EFE.